Sean Purcell Photography

Sean Purcell Photography Wedding & portrait photographers helping the DMV capture special moments in your life – especially the candid ones – to look back on and smile about for years to come.
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Just like there are so many different personalities in the world, there are many different ways to capture them. Our goal is to create a wedding day experience that shows off who you really are.

While we are based in Northern Virginia, nowhere in the world is out of the question! Whether you're looking at one of the incredible venues here in the DMV, or have your heart set on a destination wedding, we'd love to chat so we can put together a collection as special as you are.

04/15/2018
Sean Purcell Photography Contest Photos

Part of this year's Shoot and Share Photo Contest was a free video from a new service called Vivi!! Check out the awesome compilation of all of our entries in this years contest!

04/13/2018

It's time for Fridayyyyy Introductionsssss!!!! (yes, I sang that).

Haha, man I hate talking about myself. Instead, we're gonna go with... Two truths and a lie!! Comment below with your guess as to what isn't a thing in my life.

1. I have a tattoo.
2. I am allergic to beets.
3. I have never broken a bone.

Hehe. Have fun with that one. And next week, we'll play this game with Sean!!
PS - Huuuuuge shoutout to Ashton Kelley Photography for taking this amazing headshot at the last AKP Retreat. You my dear, are the best

04/12/2018

Happy Anniversary to an amazing couple!!

Alex and Holly were the very first wedding that Sean and I shot together, and we flew to Phoenix to do it! Looking back through their album brought back lots of fun memories. I’m sensing a blog post dedicated to these two coming very soon!

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04/11/2018
National Pet Day! | Loudoun County Photographer

It’s National Pet Day! Not exactly a coincidence, but it’s also the day Toby makes his debut on the blog! Head on over to check out his cuteness. He’d also like to know what pet you’re celebrating today!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/national-pet-day-loudoun-photographer

Amanda

It's National Pet Day!! Since my pets (specifically Toby) are such a huge part of my life, I thought I'd dedicate my second official blog post to them!!

04/06/2018

I'm almost as in love with this gorgeous golden glow as Megan is with Jarred. The love between these two is so incredible, I had a really hard time finding a photo where they weren't kissing, lol

04/04/2018

I am a huuuuge sucker for romantic florals. I am an even bigger sucker when they include shades of peaches and cream. Amy Lauren did such an amazing job providing florals for the shoot at The Hill Center. I'm so in love with all of the images from this shoot, Candice from CM Events did a wonderful job pulling together vendors to help pull off her vision.

04/02/2018

Hard to believe that at this time last week, I was sharing coffee and making memories with my #akpsisters in New Orleans! I never did get a chance to share my badass swag from the #akpjazzyretreat . Each retreat comes with a carefully curated, totally awesome bag of goodies. @ashtonkelleyphotography is the best :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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AKP Retreat
Sucré New Orleans
LoveOffering
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#spurcellphotog #neworleans #gardendistrict #communityovercompetition #photographyworkshop #akpswag @ Garden District, New Orleans

04/01/2018

My new styling ribbons from Honey Silks & Co are clearly Toby-approved. I fully expect him to pull apart some flat lays when I put this to use, lol.

04/01/2018

Here are a couple sneak peeks from today's shoot at the Hill Center in DC. Candice, from CM Events, did an AMAZING job with the planning, design and execution of her vision. It was amazing to work with such a wonderful team of vendors, and an absolutely incredible set of models!

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Venue: Hill Center
Planning/Design/Styling: CM Events
Styling: A Beyoutiful Fête Events & Design
Floral: Amy Lauren Floral Design
Stationary: Emily Baird Design
Models: @ashleydsummers, @steveoback
Rentals: Select Event Group
Linen: Nuage Designs, Inc.
Hair/Makeup: Renata Lynette
Cake: Angyono Custom Cakes
Ring Box: Lace Byrd
Dress: White Swan Bridal Boutique
Tux: Generation Tux
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Veil: @eclatveils
Photographers: Amanda and Sean

03/29/2018

Super excited to be working with Julie from Beaumont House Design on this awesome floral design workshop next month!! She still has a few spots left, check out the post for more info! ~Amanda

There are a few more spaces left in the Spring Centerpiece Floral Workshop on Saturday, April 14 at Modern Mercantile. We will have the most beautiful spring blooms on hand and our friend and photographer Amanda Buckland will be with us capturing your creative process! Come spend the morning with us in this intimate workshop surrounded by sumptuous flowers.

https://www.beaumont-house.com/events/2018/3/12/2018-spring-centerpiece-workshop

Photo credit: Krysta Norman Photography

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03/29/2018
Shoot & Share Contest Results | Northern Virginia Photographer

While I was in New Orleans this weekend, the results from the 2018 Shoot & Share contest were posted!! (perhaps even more exciting, I wrote a second blog post, LOL)

Head on over to the blog to see how our photos stacked up!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/shoot-and-share-2018

Amanda

So this was our first year entering the annual Shoot and Share contest, and man was it awesome!! I had a really hard time picking only (haha) 50 images to submit, since I had alllllll of our sessions to choose from! 

03/27/2018

Okay, seriously, guys. I have to share another one. So many images from this weekend are incredible, but nothing compares to the ones I took of Josefina. Her laugh and smile are contagious, and this beaded backdrop couldn't have been more fitting for her personality! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#spurcellphotog #neworleans #headshots #portrait #mardigrasbeads #infectioussmile #hottie

03/27/2018

I can't wait to share more with you from this weekend, but here's a little sneak peek from our shoot with Jarred and Megan on Saturday! They're local (to New Orleans) photographers who were celebrating their 5th anniversary while we were visiting!

Stay tuned for some more snippets from my weekend in NOLA for the AKP Retreat. I have a feeling I'm going to turn this into a blog post, since I have SO much to share with you guys!!

03/25/2018

First up today is jumping into lectures with @ashtonkelleyphotography, we’re really digging into the darker parts of our business this morning. Sometimes these questions are tough to answer, but they give me a better understanding of why I do what I do, and truly connect with my business. #akpretreat #akpjazzyretreat #neworleans #growyourbusiness #bossbabes #knowyourbusiness #knowyourself #learnbydoing #askthehardquestions #communityovercompetition

03/24/2018

Out of the office this weekend for the #akpjazzyretreat with my girls!! Already learning so much, I love these opportunities! #spurcellphotog #portraitphotographer #weddingphotographer #neworleans #akpretreat #photographyworkshop #learning #growyourbusiness #communityovercompetition

03/21/2018

Happy Second Day of Spring, y’all! What are you up to on this snowy day? We’re going to use the day to get some extra editing done, and since I have a move on the horizon, I’ll probably (maybe) start packing. Or maybe i should work on packing for this weekend’s #akpretreat in #neworleans, lol. #spurcellphotog #snowday #workingfromhome #spring2018 #sppathome #loudouncounty #loveloudoun #lovesnow #springtimeinvirginia

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03/08/2018
Jumping Back Into Blogging | Northern VA Photographer

Welp. I did it. I've been saying I was going to do it after the first AKP Retreat (in August). I was even more convinced, and had a PLAN to do it after the second Retreat (in October). And then in January, at the most recent retreat, I was basically handed the tools to write, schedule, and basically kick butt at blogging.

Well, here we are .. on March 8th. Better late than never? HAHA. Something like that ;-)

http://bit.ly/2G6yADl

I've learned a huge lesson while waiting to blog.  The truth of it is, the "right" time never comes. There is always something that stops it from being the perfect moment.

03/08/2018

Happy Women's Day! Take a moment and honor one of your (or maybe ALL of them!) favorite women today! A big shoutout to all of my lovelies from my very first #akpretreat. That trip was life-changing. Men are awesome, but the way that women stick together and support each other is absolutely incredible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#spurcellphotog #womensday2018 #happywomensday #girlbosses #girlbosslife

03/06/2018

As someone who (nearly) always gifts Barnes and Noble gift cards to children in lieu of toys, I wholeheartedly support any organization that promotes and encourages reading. Getting kids interested in reading at a young age is so important for so many reasons.

Click on the photo below, and like and/or comment.

Shared from Imagination Library - St. Clair County:
Are you ready to support Imagination Library in another amazing community wide giving day?

Help us win $250 and get a head start on our giving day goal! Like, share, or comment on our post! The agency post that reaches the most people will win $250!

Read more about The Big Give on June 12:
http://www.stclairfoundation.org/news/more/the_big_give_is_coming_june_12

#TheBigGive #AllIn

Are you ready to support Imagination Library in another amazing community wide giving day?

Help us win $250 and get a head start on our giving day goal! Like, share, or comment on our post! The agency post that reaches the most people will win $250!

Read more about The Big Give on June 12:
http://www.stclairfoundation.org/news/more/the_big_give_is_coming_june_12

#TheBigGive #AllIn

02/19/2018

Wedding day snow showers couldn't slow this couple down... they were HOT!! Of course, they're no stranger to snow on their wedding day. But we'll save THAT story for the blog! ;-)

02/18/2018

The struggles of being a cat mom, lol. Toby loves to "help" me with my product shoots. He was especially interested in my keychain from @createdbyjoedi ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#spurcellphotog #sppbts #sppkitty #tobytails #collabs #productphotography #communityovercompetition

02/16/2018

Ahhhh details. You steal my heart every time. I knew this set was going to make me melt the minute I saw it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Paper - @ealexdesigns
Dried Leaves - @rockpapersis
Ring Box - @themrsbox

02/16/2018

Opinions wanted! Calling all Brides! Past, present, future....I'm looking at YOU ... what is/was the hardest part of planning your wedding? Picking out the invitations? Deciding on a menu? For me(Amanda), it was picking out my dress, lol. I must have tried on a million of them. Drop a comment below and let us know what part makes your eyes cross!
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#spurcellphotog #bridetobe #bride #weddingplanning #newlyengaged #weddingplanningstress

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02/11/2018
Shoot & Share | The Photo Contest

Still going strong in the Shoot & Share Photo Contest!! We won't know until it's over which photos make it to the end, but the number of favorited images keeps going up, so I know at least some are still hanging on!! This is the first year we've submitted, and I can't believe how much fun it is!!

Here are some details about the contest:
We are officially in ROUND 5 of voting! We started with:
412,379 photos, 42,719 more were eliminated and
192,505 Remain! (less than half!) So far, we've had over
73,437 voters participate from
122 different countries. Voters have spent over
120,000 HOURS of cumulative time casting
30 MILLION votes in only 8 days!
We need your help to keep narrowing down throughout each round, so keep voting! A quick reminder, you won't be able to see how your photos do until the results are released at the end of voting.

Head on over to contest.shootandshare.com/vote to check out some of the amazinggggg images, and cast some votes of your own!! You never know, you just might see one of ours!

The Photo Contest is unique because it's all about the photos. It's not about popularity or the ability to rally social media for votes. And the best part... You choose the winners. You are the judge. Everyone gets to vote.

02/05/2018

I've always been a cupcake girl, and never really had a use for macarons. That all changed after seeing these amazing creations from @dearmacaron at the #akpretreat. Not only are they gorgeous, but they taste incredible!! What's your fave dessert?

02/05/2018

While we're not really that into football, we're totally into throwing it back to the lovely Manila. Stunning, and SUCH a sweetheart! #spurcellphotog #portraitphotography #nofootballhere

02/04/2018

Rings are such a beautiful expression of personality #spurcellphotog #weddingrings #weddingday #vaphotographer #allinthedetails

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02/02/2018
Shoot & Share | The Photo Contest

Voting is now OPEN!! Click the link below to take part in the annual Shoot & Share photo contest! Vote as much or as little as you want, it's completely anonymous and totally FREE! We went ALL IN this year and submitted 50 images across 20+ categories.

http://contest.shootandshare.com

The Photo Contest is unique because it's all about the photos. It's not about popularity or the ability to rally social media for votes. And the best part... You choose the winners. You are the judge. Everyone gets to vote.

A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to get away to Florida for another @[167351860362839:274:AKP Retreat] These events are always so much fun, and always come with a styled shoot. So many wonderful details came together to make this an perfect example of a beachy wedding. I have to give a huge shoutout to  Nick and @[645965012:2048:Mikki Collins], our gorgeous couple,  as they braved some wicked winds and low temps to allow us this chance!! 

Styled shoot elements a courtesy of:
Event - AKP Retreat 
Venue - @[193150910705047:274:Destin Bay House] 
Design and Florals - @[1672007346377108:274:Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill] 
HMUA- @[452961364716459:274:Powder & Paint] 
Invitations - @[159463404191208:274:Rock Paper Sisters]
Cake - @[722169691231420:274:Blue Lace Cakes]
01/24/2018

A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to get away to Florida for another AKP Retreat These events are always so much fun, and always come with a styled shoot. So many wonderful details came together to make this an perfect example of a beachy wedding. I have to give a huge shoutout to Nick and Mikki Collins, our gorgeous couple, as they braved some wicked winds and low temps to allow us this chance!!

Styled shoot elements a courtesy of:
Event - AKP Retreat
Venue - Destin Bay House
Design and Florals - Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill
HMUA- Powder & Paint
Invitations - Rock Paper Sisters
Cake - Blue Lace Cakes

01/21/2018

Alright!! This year, not only did we enter the #shootandshare #photocontest, but we went ALL IN!! Thousands of creatives are still hard at work submitting, but I'll post a link when voting goes live Feb 1!!

01/16/2018

Happy Birthday to this special lady!! Anahit, I am so happy you stopped by my desk that morning and asked us to team up with you. Looking forward to next month!!!

01/10/2018

Woohoo!!! Thanks to all of our amazing couples for helping us earn this award! It's so incredibly humbling to be recognized as part of the top 5% of your industry.

Cheers to an awesome 2017 and looking forward to an even better 2018!!

01/05/2018

Our top 9 IG posts from 2017! Thanks to all of our clients for a great year! Looking forward to a super successful 2018! #bestnine2017 #spurcellphotog #virginiaportraitphotographer #weddingphotographer #portraitphotographer #bestphotos #topphotos

12/24/2017

Design and Florals - Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill
Rentals - White Glove Rentals
Cake - Blue Lace Cakes
Napkins - La Tavola Fine Linen

12/24/2017
12/24/2017
12/14/2017

Wedding planning tip - Make sure we get a copy of your invitation suite, so that we can include it in your story! #weddingplanning #spurcellphotog #weddingtips #invitations #weddinginvitations -
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Event: @akpretreat
Invitations: @ealexdesigns
Florals: @simplygorgeventsbylj
Ring Box: @themrsbox

12/07/2017

This week for #tbt we're throwing it back to this gorgeous fall wedding at Woodrow Wilson House. Jim and Drew certainly knew how to throw a party!! #spurcellphotog #weddingcake #weddingphotographer #woodrowwilsonhouse #dcweddings

11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Sean and I both have so much to be thankful for this year, it's hard to narrow it down. However, I am currently very thankful that I'm able to rest with my foot up today, since I just smashed it with a drill battery, lol.

What are you most thankful for this year?

11/14/2017

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right” (Mark Twain) and when you add gold flakes to your champagne? Utter perfection. 🍾💅🏻💕

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